Which Tesla is the Quickest From 0 to 60 MPH?

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Tesla Roadster 2.5 Barely Beats Model S in 0 to 60 MPH Dash

Tesla Roadster 2.5 Barely Beats Model S in 0 to 60 MPH Dash

All Tesla vehicles are quick, but which one is the quickest?

0 to 60 MPH Graphic for Tesla

0 to 60 MPH Graphic for Tesla

In the dash from 0 to 60 miles per hour, only one Tesla can be on top and it’s not the one most would expect.

Yes, the P85 Model S goes like stink, but the “old dog” still takes the o to 60 mph crown.

The 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 still retains its bragging right as being the quickest 0 to 60 mph Tesla ever made.

At 3.7 seconds (quickest published time in documented real-world test runs) to 60, the Roadster 2.5 narrowly beats the P85 Model S by two tenths of a second.

Sure, we’re splitting hairs here, but in all the Model S hoopla we hear these days, we should not overlook the fact that the Roadster was and, still is, a spectacular electric machine.

The burning question for us is whether or not the 2nd generation Roadster will break into the 2s in the 0 to 60 mph dash.  We almost think that should be a Tesla goal with the next-gen Roadster.  A sub 3-second, mass produced electric.  Are we asking for too much?

Source: Zero to 60 Times


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5 responses to "Which Tesla is the Quickest From 0 to 60 MPH?"

  1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Not without 400+Wh/kg batteries they’re not. A dual or quad motor Model X with sticky rubber and 800+ combined HP might be able to do it if geared for acceleration..

    1. Weapon says:

      There will be a AWD Model S in 2014 which will probably have a lot of HP. Though you don’t need 400+wh/kg batteries. I don’t think people realize how much that is. Maybe you mean 400kw batteries (in terms of power, not energy).

      Tesla Model S battery cells are 245wh/kg. The battery has an energy density of 156wh/kg. An energy density of 400wh/kg for the battery would mean 700 mile range cars.

      In terms of power density 400kw the current Model S batteries should be able to do just fine.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    I have a roadster but I didn’t buy it for the power. I just wanted a good looking, fun to drive car that was electric with decent range.

    For the next roadster if I had my choice between more power or more range, my choice would be easy.

  3. Josh says:

    I heard a rumor that there is a Roadster mule running around with a Model S Performance drivetrain. And it is doing 0-60 in the 2s…

  4. Electric! says:

    all of them are insanely quick enough, no need to focus on making them faster